Rockford's Stephanie Goldsmith wins TLN's 'Inspiration Sensation'

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n Ten-week Emmy Award-winning Christian reality TV show was TLN’s version of American Idol

From press release

Singing at the premier Chicago Gospel Music Festival, Millennium Park, on June 5 and at other high-profile venues, plus the signing of a one-year recording contract are some of the rewards for 22-year-old Rockford resident Stephanie Goldsmith. Goldsmith is the 2005 winner of Inspiration Sensation, a national televised Christian reality show on the Total Living Network (TLN) and seen on Rockford TV51. The 2005 runner up was 19-year-old Melissa Santiago of Chicago.

For their May 21 finale performances, Goldsmith along with Santiago both sang their own original compositions to a live audience of hundreds and to a national cable and affiliate network of thousands. Goldsmith’s composition was titled “So Good to Know You’re There.” For Goldsmith, the song built up to a finale that showed her quality as a singer and as an artist. The performance left the audience in awe.

Being the 2005 Inspiration Sensation means to Goldsmith that “God has a plan for my life. I auditioned knowing that singing was something that I’d like to do the rest of my life. God has something in store for me. Everything to me… I’m surprised and thrilled. Lot of people say to me that now I’m a superstar. But, I love being a willing servant for God.”

Her goal in music is to reach the lost. She notes, “Lot of people don't know God as personal Savior. I hope I can reach many through song.”

TLN President/CEO Jerry Rose presented Goldsmith with an award plaque to commemorate the evening. With family and friends on stage, the new “Inspiration Sensation” closed out the program with her song.

Goldsmith is the youngest child of eight within her family. She is a member at Rockford’s Greater New Jerusalem Church of God In Christ and serves as its choir director.

The Chicago/Midwest Emmy-Awarded reality program featured host Dan Willis with a panel of three celebrity judges (Pam Morris, host of Gospel with Pam Morris on WVON 1450-AM; Shirley Rose, executive producer and co-host of TLN’s Aspiring Women; and Ray Bady, musician and recording artist; with alternate Tower from Shine 89.7 FM). The program was designed to showcase the talents of amateur singers (ages 16-25) and, through a 10-week selection process by phone-in voting, culminated in the selection of Goldsmith as the overall winner. The 2004 winner was Chicagoan Leslie Ruiz.

TLN believes that Inspiration Sensation delivered “reality TV,” with a focus. Inspiration Sensation celebrated the hundreds of Chicagoland’s most talented yet unrecognized voices of Christian and gospel music. The program’s goal was “discovering the next big voice in Christian music.”

More info about Inspiration Sensation available at

From the June 8-14, 2005, issue

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